Socata Tangara & Gulfstream GA7

  • CountryUnited States of America and France
  • TypeGA7s were built in 1978 and 1979.
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  • PerformanceGA7 - Two 120kW (160hp) Lycoming O320D1D flat four piston engines driving two blade constant speed propellers. TB 360 - Two 135kW (180hp) Textron Lycoming O-360-A1G6.
  • WeightsGA7 - Max speed 311km/h (168kt), max cruising speed 296km/h (160kt), typical cruising speed 260km/h (140kt). Initial rate of climb 1150ft/min. Service ceiling 17,400ft. Max range with no reserves 2170km (1170nm). TB 360 - Max speed 322km/h (174kt), cruising speed at 75% power 306km/h (165kt), at 45% power 222km/h (120kt). Initial rate of climb 1400ft/min. Service ceiling 20,000ft. Range with max fuel at 75% power 1480km (800nm), at 45% power 2110km (1140nm).
  • DimentionsGA7/TB 360 - Empty 1174kg (2588lb), max takeoff 1725kg (3800lb).
  • CapacityGA7/TB 360 - Wing span 11.23m (36ft 10in), length 9.09m (29ft 10in), height 3.16m (10ft 4in). Wing area 17.1m2 (184.0sq ft).
  • ProductionStandard seating for four.

The Ga7 Cougar light twin saw restricted generation with Gulfstream in the late 1970s and has re-rose to enter creation with France's Socata as the TB 360 Tangara.

The GA-7 model first flew on December 20 1974, yet three years passed before generation started. By now Grumman's light flying machine lines had been obtained by Gulfstream, who conveyed generation Ga7s from February 1978.

The Ga7 configuration offered two 120kw (160hp) Lycoming O320s and the reinforced honeycomb development utilized on the Grumman Aa1 and Aa5. The beginning Ga7 outline offered a sliding cockpit overhang and two lodge windows for every side. Changes for creation air ship incorporated the selection of a customary lodge top encasing an extended lodge with an entrance entryway on the right hand side. The model's single fight wing configuration was changed to a twin fight outline permitting a fundamental wet wing fuel tank, and on generation GA-7s the primary undercarriage units withdrew outwards, instead of inwards.

Gulfstream fabricated two fundamental variations, the standard Ga7 and the Ga7 Cougar with a more extensive flight fit and enhanced inner part fittings. However offers of both airplane were moderate, to a limited extent in light of the Ga7's moderately low joined force yield of 240kw (320hp). Creation stopped in 1979 with Gulfstream's flight from light flying machine make.

In 1995 Socata acquired the rights to the Ga7 with the plan of putting it go into creation as the TB 320 Tangara. In June 1996 Socata declared its plans to redevelop the airplane as the TB 360 Tangara with 135kw (180hp) O-360s.

Three adjusted GA-7s have flown as Tangara models in this way, the first had a 120kw (160hp) and a 135kw (180hp) motor and flew in mid 1996, the third, which first flew in February 1997 was in full TB 360 arrangement. Creation has been delayed to 1999.

Socata is pitching the TB 360 at the light twin mentor market.

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